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Science Grants Available for Educators – Microbial Science

The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), based at the University of Hawaii, awards grants (up to $1500) to foster education in microbial science.  Any educator may apply for one of these grants, but preference will be given to public school teachers, non-profit organizations, and first-time applicants.  The application is short and simple.  You can request funds for any project related to microbial science.  Past teachers have received funds for equipment and consumable supplies, to attend conferences and professional development workshops, and for school field trips.  Please visit the GEMS webpage for further information and to read about past projects. (http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/gems.htm).  The next application deadline is January 10, 2011.  Please address any questions or concerns to Dr. Michelle Hsia, GEMS Program Coordinator (956-3715) or email gems@soest.hawaii.edu.

Follow Research Cruise Online

From Oct. 9th-Dec. 12th, the JOIDES Resolution research vessel invites your class, K-College, to follow along the South Pacific Gyre Microbiology Expedition as it drills for microbes from Tahiti to New Zealand.  Check out the expedition page at: http://joidesresolution.org/node/1412, where you can:

Sign up for a LIVE Skype Videoconference with the Ship!

Adopt a Microbe: Weekly Interactive Activities for Prizes

Participate in the J/Art Contest for Cool Prizes

Follow along daily blogs, pictures, and activities with your class

Adopt a Microbe

Students, teachers, groups, everyone can Adopt a Microbe from the deep biosphere, an outreach project of the Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology expedition (see above).  Get to know your microbe through weekly activities and submit your projects online for prizes.  The website will be completed soon, but has enough information on it already to get you started.

http://sites.google.com/site/adoptamicrobe/